CES 2011 - Motorola Droid Bionic 4G Android Smartphone from Verizon

6 Jan 2011 | Android , CES , Motorola , Smartphone , Verizon Wireless | 32 comments


motorola droid bionic sideMotorola's on a roll at the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. After introducing the ATRIX 4G for AT&T and the CLIQ 2 for T-Mobile earlier today, it's now Verizon's turn to get a brand new Android device. The Motorola Droid Bionic 4G Android-OS based smartphone will run on Verizon's 4G LTE network, giving users speeds of up to 10 times faster than on Verizon's 3G network.

The Motorola Droid Bionic features a dual-core processor that totals to 2 GHz of processing power, 512 MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) capacitive multi-touch screen, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1080p HD video recording, VGA camera for video calls, 16GB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage.

Other features include Adobe Flash Player, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB, 3.5 headphone jack, HDMI and DLNA.

The Droid Bionic can easily be used as a work device as well. It comes equipped with corporate email, remote wipe, data security and encryption capabilities, full calendar management, Quickoffice for document review and editing and one-click access to conference calling.

Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid Bionic in the second quarter of 2011. Price will be known once we get closer to the launch date.

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by Jeff on Jan 6, 2011

Dear God I want this now!!

by Bendernator on Jan 6, 2011

Gimmie GIMMIE!

by Jared on Jan 6, 2011

*jizz* ... *mop*

by Jonathan on Jan 6, 2011

Is this coming with Blur?

by Anonymous Coward on Jan 6, 2011

This is going to be a killer. Motorola has been on their game!!!!

by Anonymous Coward on Jan 6, 2011

Wish it had a slider qwerty

by Max on Jan 6, 2011

Oh sweet I am getting new phones for the whole family at the end of February anyways I may just wait another few weeks for this.

by snowcat on Jan 6, 2011

Impressive specs, but 512mb RAM? Really Motorola? Why skimp on the important details? My Droid has 256 and I'm pretty much stuck not being able to download additional apps (the newer ones tend to be even bigger and SD storage is only a partial solution). Why not remove this handicap with a much bigger RAM chip???

by Dennis on Jan 6, 2011

I agree with Anonymous Coward, I too wish it had a qwerty slider keyboard and along with all the rest....I WANT IT NOW!!!

by Baylink on Jan 6, 2011

And it *still* doesn't have a Push To Talk button.


by MECCA on Jan 6, 2011


by todd on Jan 6, 2011

um why do you need push to talk down load a walki talki app works better and the ram dont affect what u download its the on board memory which this has

by Max on Jan 6, 2011

Absolutely right Todd the ram just increases the speed at which apps are accessed. The memory of 16 gig internal and 32 gig upgradeable is alot.

by kl;ahsfdiasd on Jan 6, 2011

The people who want keyboards are stupid, also push to talk buttons!@@@!

by RD on Jan 6, 2011

Maybe Bionic II will ave a slider qwerty....

by RD on Jan 6, 2011

PTT.... on VZ.... unlikely...

If it was a Sprint phone that would be a different story...

by Rel on Jan 6, 2011

If you want PPT just download the Push 2 Talk app...that is all!!!

by Anon on Jan 6, 2011

Why would anyone bitch about lack of push-to-talk? It's a simple app fix, and you are an idiot.

The physical keyboard, on the other hand, is a must if you intend to use the phone as a mobile computer or serious messaging device instead of just a stupid gaming/media platform.

by Kevin on Jan 6, 2011

Need more RAM! MOAR!

by Steven on Jan 6, 2011

@Snowcat, there is a difference between Ram and internal storage. Look it up.

by snowcat on Jan 6, 2011

Thanks for clearing up my RAM confusion. I want it even more now! Not sure why ppl want the slider keyboard - I've had a Droid for a year and I don't recall opening the keyboard after the first couple months other than to clean out the dust. The on screen keyboard + excellent predictive text make for much quicker typing.

by Mickey on Jan 7, 2011

Agree with snowcat. I haven't used the slider keyboard since '09.

by alex on Jan 7, 2011

holly sh+*t a dual-core prosesor. this is going to be sweet

by weingang on Jan 8, 2011

How does it stack up against the HTC Thunderbolt? I'm waffling back and forth between these two beasts.

by *NixBear on Jan 9, 2011

@ Weingang
The Thunderbolt is single core with a bit more RAM, though I have seen several spec sheets including the Motorola one saying it will have 1GB of RAM. Higher res, better battery, better CPU, and I think same or more internal storage, there is no comparison. And for those that prefer HTC sense, LauncerPro should alleviate some of your concerns. I cannot wait to get this. And to think I was salivating over the Thunderbolt.
As far as slier keyboards, I am thankful this does not have one otherwise I would not get it. Of course that is my preference.

by Marshall on Jan 9, 2011

The question that needs to be asked is will the lte phones make video calling worth while when in between 3g and 4g or will you be stuck using 4g and wifi areas

by Homer on Jan 10, 2011

bring back the startac!

by Suge on Jan 11, 2011

Additional features:
All I want them to add is:
- another LED flash on the front cam, incase i'm in bed when my girl calls me for a video chat
- more RAM (if it isn't already 1GB)
- LOUDER SPEAKERS!!! Motorola, stop with your cheap, low-volume speakers
- An Unlimited 4G priceplan (not that lame 5GB plan)
- For Skype to be seamless interbetween 3G, 4G and even 2G & for the app to support Wifi calling (stop trying to make everyone use up their airtime minutes)
- And to get a Free Device!!! because my Droid X contract probably won't be up yet!!! Thanks.

by TheOne on Jan 13, 2011

@ Homer... : ) you can have mine!!

Me Likes......BUT!
- Does the x2 core & Ram have any downside to battery Life?

- I also like a slider kybrd (fat fingers) ,but if there's an app for that ...it's golden.

-I know a few ppl who have the Droid 2/incred & X, the gyro is a little sluggish not like the iphone. Does anyone have any fodder on whether that issue has been resolved w/ the Bionic??

@Suge...yeah Motorola speakers are just the worst!!

by Peesa on Jan 31, 2011

Just to let you guys know, it has 512 mb of RAM. But don't worry, its DDR2 RAM, which is as powerful as on computers. So it will still be faster than the Thunderbolt which has 768 mb of RAM. The dual-core processor won't affect the battery too much, besides the battery is 1930 mAH, which is waaay better than the usual 1500 mAH batteries. The speakers are supposedly very loud, so no need to worry about that. The Bionic unfortunately might not have a gyroscope. It does not have motoBlur but it still has a custom skin over it, which is not as bad as Blur. All in all, its the best Verizon phone to date.

by Bob on Mar 17, 2011

I'm a iPhone user, but I'm not mad. iPhone users get a better phone once a year, not once a month. Android users are the ones that are probably mad!

by Dan on Jul 10, 2011

Isn't that the point of having multiple cores? Ability to shut the extras down when not needed to save bat power?